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  • Gov. Wolf, what is stopping Mifflin, Juniata counties from going yellow?

    05/10/2020 7:04:30 PM PDT · by lightman · 63 replies
    Lewiston Sentinel ^ | 9 May A.D. 2020 | Staff
    Friday’s announcement of a new list of counties soon going to the “yellow” phase of Gov. Tom Wolf’s gradual reopening plan for Pennsylvania’s economy came and went and yet again, Mifflin and Juniata counties found themselves left off it. This latest group of counties is concentrated in the southwestern portion of the state — the closest to us going yellow in this group is Blair — and even includes Allegheny County, which is home to Pittsburgh, the state’s second-largest city. How exactly is a major metropolitan area and population center like Pittsburgh more ready to go yellow than rural Mifflin...
  • Two Owners of Telemedicine Companies Charged for Roles in $56 Million Conspiracy to Defraud Medicare and Receive Illegal Kickbacks in Exchange for Orders of Orthotic Braces

    02/05/2020 5:43:30 PM PST · by ransomnote · 8 replies
    justice.gov ^ | February 5, 2020 | doj
    Department of Justice Office of Public Affairs FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Wednesday, February 5, 2020 The owners of two telemedicine companies were charged in an indictment unsealed yesterday for allegedly orchestrating a nationwide scheme to receive kickbacks and bribes in exchange for the ordering of medically unnecessary orthotic braces (braces) for beneficiaries of Medicare.Assistant Attorney General Brian A. Benczkowski of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, First Assistant U.S. Attorney Rachael Honig of the District of New Jersey, Deputy Inspector General for Investigations Gary Cantrell of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (HHS-OIG) and Assistant...
  • Disappointment for clean energy firms at U.S. spending bill

    12/17/2019 12:24:43 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 7 replies
    Reuters ^ | December 17, 2019 | by Nichola Groom
    Clean energy producers voiced dismay on Tuesday at a U.S. spending bill, saying it fell far short of what wind companies and solar developers had hoped for. Under the bill, which passed the U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday, wind companies will get just one more year to land a big subsidy, while solar developers lost out in their bid to extend another key tax credit. “This package falls way short of what we were hoping to achieve,” Greg Wetstone, president of the American Council on Renewable Energy said. Under the bill, wind energy projects would be able to keep...
  • Ukrainian Oligarch Paid $700,000 To The Husband Of A House Judiciary Committee Democrat

    12/16/2019 12:37:13 PM PST · by Red Badger · 96 replies
    thefederalist.com ^ | December 16, 2019 | By Chrissy Clark
    Robert Powell, the husband of Rep. Debbie Mucarsel-Powell, D-Fla., reportedly took $700,000 from a Ukrainian oligarch named Igor Kolomoisky. Mucarsel-Powell sits on the House Judiciary Committee, the committee that drafted two articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump for his alleged abuse of power with regards to Ukraine. In 2018, the Daily Beast reported that a number of businesses linked to Kolomoisky hired Powell as an attorney. One of those firms paid Powell at least $700,000 over two years, according to public records. The Miami Herald reported Powell was working for companies tied to Kolomoisky for 10 years. Powell made...
  • Young Mass. Mayor, 26, Stole From Investors: Feds (at the tail end of long story it says he's a Dem)

    10/12/2018 6:57:48 PM PDT · by simpson96 · 9 replies
    NBC5 Chicago ^ | 10/11/2018 | Staff and Wire Reporters
    A Massachusetts mayor who was first elected at age 23 was charged Thursday with using investments in a company he formed as his "own personal ATM'' to enjoy casinos and adult entertainment, buy a Mercedes, and pay down student loan debt. Jasiel Correia, the mayor of Fall River, collected more than $360,000 from investors to develop an app that was supposed to help businesses connect with consumers, federal authorities say. Instead, he spent more than $230,000 of the investor funds to bankroll a lavish lifestyle and advance his political career, officials say. Correia faces nine counts of wire fraud and...
  • Fall River Mayor Jasiel Correia II arrested, accused of extorting money from pot companies

    09/06/2019 12:17:04 PM PDT · by billorites · 21 replies
    WCVB.com ^ | September 06, 2019
    FALL RIVER, Mass. — Fall River Mayor Jasiel Correia II was arrested early Friday morning at his home in the city. Correia, 27, was charged in a superseding indictment with bribery; extortion conspiracy; extortion and aiding and abetting; wire fraud; and filing false tax returns. He is accused of conspiring to extort hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes from marijuana companies. In federal court Friday afternoon, Correia entered a plea of not guilty and was released on $250,000 bond. He will be required to pay $25,000 of that amount by the end of the day Tuesday. Genoveva Andrade, Correia's...
  • Borrowing Money to Fund Foreign Aid

    12/09/2019 11:51:40 AM PST · by pgyanke · 20 replies
    Vanity ^ | 12/9/2019 | pgyanke
    For how many years have we asked, "How can our country be so deeply in debt and continue to borrow money to fund foreign aid?!" Although we've long suspected the answer, it's now finally coming to light... our politicians approve foreign aid for countries that will send a portion back to private coffers. They are laundering our tax dollars to themselves through foreign hands. Biden is the most obvious in the current scenario. The OANN report shows he wasn't alone by a long shot... it's both parties... it's business as usual.
  • Husband Of Democrat In Impeachment Hearings Took $700K From Firms Tied To Ukrainian...

    12/03/2019 8:00:02 PM PST · by yesthatjallen · 40 replies
    Daily Wire ^ | 12 04 2019 | Ryan Saavedra
    Husband Of Democrat In Impeachment Hearings Took $700K From Firms Tied To Ukrainian Oligarch ‘Accused Of Ordering Contract Killings’: Reports The husband of Democrat Rep. Debbie Mucarsel-Powell (D-FL), who sits on the House Judiciary Committee, reportedly took $700,000 from firms connected to a Ukrainian oligarch who has allegedly been “accused of ordering contract killings.” Democrats are set to move their impeachment hearings from the Intelligence Committee to the Judiciary Committee this week with hearings to officially begin tomorrow. SNIP
  • Democrat Mayor Arrested for Embezzling Over $230,000 of Investors' Money

    10/13/2018 9:01:43 AM PDT · by ZeroToHero · 12 replies
    NN ^ | 10/13/18 | Jay Greenberg
    A Democrat mayor from Massachusetts was arrested on Thursday after a federal investigation found that he allegedly stole over $230,000 from investors and spent the money on himself. Mayor of Fall River Jasiel Correia, who was elected mayor at just 23 years old, used the investment money to fund his own lavish lifestyle and pay off his student debts.
  • Massachusetts mayor charged with fraud to fund lavish lifestyle refuses to step down

    10/17/2018 2:19:54 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 28 replies
    Fox News ^ | October 16 2018 | Louis Casiano
    An embattled Democratic mayor from Massachusetts, who was arrested last week on suspicion of fraud and tax charges, is refusing to step down, calling his arrest "politically motivated" hours before city councilors pushed back a debate on how to handle the matter. "I am presumed innocent until proven otherwise," Mayor Jasiel Correia told reporters at a press conference at Fall River's City Hall. "I will not allow political enemies to remove me from office." He said the attack began shortly after assuming office because he was "challenging the norms" in the town.
  • Democrat Mayor In Massachusetts Arrested On Extortion And Bribery Charges

    09/07/2019 5:31:11 AM PDT · by mplc51 · 38 replies
    GP ^ | 09/07/2019 | Aleister
    Massachusetts mayor arrested for extorting marijuana vendors for 6-figure bribes Jasiel Correia II, the already embattled mayor of Fall River, Massachusetts, was arrested Friday on new federal extortion charges for allegedly operating a scheme to help marijuana vendors get approval to operate in exchange for hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes. Prosecutors say Correia agreed to sign non-opposition letters in return for significant six-figure payments from four marijuana vendors looking to open businesses in the city of nearly 90,000 about an hour’s drive south of Boston. The letters are required to obtain a license to operate a marijuana business...
  • Democrat Massachusetts Mayor Arrested for Allegedly Extorting Marijuana Vendors

    09/08/2019 2:45:41 PM PDT · by KC_Lion · 14 replies
    Breitbart ^ | September 8, 2019 | Katherine Rodriguez
    A Massachusetts mayor was arrested on Friday for allegedly extorting hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes from marijuana vendors. Mayor Jasiel Correia, the Democrat mayor of Fall River, allegedly operated a scheme to help marijuana stores conduct business in exchange for hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes, according to a tweet from the FBIÂ’s Boston field office. Fall River Mayor Jasiel Correia was arrested this morning by @FBIBoston IRS-CI & @HUDOIG special agents at his home. HeÂ’s accused of conspiring to extort hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes from marijuana companies. Details to follow at 11 a.m....
  • The Curious Transformation of Mike Lee

    08/20/2019 6:16:29 PM PDT · by Drago · 27 replies
    Google Transparency Project ^ | 8-19-2019 | Google Transparency Project
    The chairman of the Senate antitrust subcommittee used to be one of Google’s chief Republican antagonists. What changed? When Eric Schmidt, Google’s executive chairman, appeared before the Senate antitrust subcommittee in September 2011, one of his toughest questioners was Sen. Mike Lee. “You've cooked it so that you're always third,” the Utah Republican snapped at Schmidt, pressing him about a Google price comparison tool that, the senator said, often yielded results that were good for Google. “Senator, I can assure you we have not cooked anything,” Schmidt retorted. It was the nearest the hearing had to a standout moment, and...
  • NYC Mayor Bill De Blasio Announces 'Meatless Mondays' In Public Schools To 'Save The Earth'

    03/11/2019 6:00:12 PM PDT · by John W · 95 replies
    dailywire.com ^ | March 11, 2018 | Emily Zanatti
    New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Monday that NYC's public schools will be going vegetarian one day per week in order to save the Earth. Local New York media reports that the "Meatless Mondays" pilot program, which brought vegetarian meals to around 15 Brooklyn schools, will expand city-wide for the 2019-2020 school year, and "all schools will serve vegetarian menus on Mondays" to the city's 1.1 million students. De Blasio told a press conference Monday that the change will help improve the health of New York's students, and will hopefully have an impact on climate change.
  • Kirsten Gillibrand: Interstate 81 grid would help revitalize Syracuse

    11/16/2018 11:56:33 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 43 replies
    The Syracuse Post-Standard ^ | October 22, 2018 | Mark Weiner
    U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand on Monday said she will support the construction of a street-level community grid to replace the elevated portion of Interstate 81 in Syracuse.Until now, Gillibrand declined to take a position on the issue, saying it was up to Central New Yorkers to choose the best option for replacing the 1.4-mile viaduct that cuts through the heart of Syracuse.Gillibrand, D-N.Y., said during a visit to Syracuse on Monday that she decided to speak out after discussions with community stakeholders who favor the grid over a tunnel or new elevated highway."Given where the stakeholders are -- and given what...
  • Reports: Growing number of $100,000-plus public pensions in Illinois cost taxpayers

    10/30/2018 7:02:10 AM PDT · by AT7Saluki · 23 replies
    Illinois News Network ^ | 10/30/18 | Greg Bishop
    Two recent studies of public sector pay and retirement benefits show tens of thousands of retired Illinois public employees making six-figures or more in all levels of government, dwarfing figures from states with more people. ... Illinois has more than $130 billion in unfunded pension debt for its five state-run pension systems. Adding in other post employment benefits, that number climbs to more than $200 billion. Municipal governments in Illinois also are struggling with unfunded pension liability. Some report using most, if not all, of their share of property taxes to pay pension costs. Taxpayers United of America said Illinois’...
  • Pope to oil execs: Energy needs mustn’t destroy civilization

    06/09/2018 4:05:19 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 26 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 09, 2018 5:19 PM EDT
    Pope Francis told leading oil executives Saturday that the transition to less-polluting energy sources “is a challenge of epochal proportions” and warned that satisfying the world’s energy needs “must not destroy civilization.” The Vatican said Francis held a two-day conference with the executives as a follow-up to his encyclical three years ago that called on people to save the planet from climate change and other environmental ills. Participants included the CEOs of Italian oil giant ENI, British Petroleum, ExxonMobil and Norway’s Statoil as well as scientists and managers of major investment funds. Their remarks on the first day of the...
  • Netflix CEO bundles money for Obama, Netflix gets net neutrality, Obamas get huge contract

    06/01/2018 6:05:53 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 37 replies
    American Thinker ^ | June 1,2018 | Jack Hellner
    So now here is a summary of the Netflix-Obama relationship: Netflix CEO raises large amounts of money for Obama in 2012 campaign; Netflix lobbies and gets net neutrality; and then, around 16 months after Obama leaves office, the Obamas get a contract worth $50 million even though they have no experience providing content. Since Obama, Netflix, and others are so interested in equality, I am sure they will be glad to list all other similar contracts to the Obama's with other men, women, blacks, Hispanics, LGBTQ members, and others. They should highlight the contracts with other people with no experience....
  • I.G. Probes Probes Large Cash Prizes Handed Out to Anti-Trump FBI Agents

    01/10/2018 4:27:32 PM PST · by gaijin · 40 replies
    TruePundit.com ^ | Jan 10th, 2018 | Admin
    Potentially illicit private performance bonuses — or political payoffs — between $30,000 and upwards of $50,000 possibly awarded to high-ranking FBI agents have caught the eye of the Inspector General, according to federal law enforcement sources. Your tax dollars at work at the FBI. The two levels for cash awards include the Meritorious award and Distinguished rank award, sources said. Recipients receive a cash prize of 20 percent of their base pay for Meritorious and a cash prize of 35 percent of their salary for Distinguished level awards. How many cash rewards were handed out among the FBI’s hierarchy? No...
  • Former Sen. Brian Joyce Arrested, ‘Violated The Public’s Trust’

    12/08/2017 2:53:29 PM PST · by tang-soo · 26 replies
    CBS Boston ^ | December 8, 2017 | CBS Boston
    BOSTON (CBS/AP) – Former Massachusetts Sen. Brian Joyce “violated the public’s trust” and “decided to take the path of greed” by using his office for personal profit to accept up to $1 million in bribes and kickbacks in exchange for official actions, federal investigators said Friday. Joyce, a longtime attorney and Milton Democrat who was arrested Friday, is accused of then hiding that money by creating a shell company and disguising it as “legal fees.” “We believe Mr. Joyce was greedy, plain and simple,” FBI Special Agent in Charge Hank Shaw said.